KUALA LUMPUR. December 2, 2019 - Malaysia’s first Defence White Paper was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat today. Defence Minister, YB Mohamad bin Sabu said it was imperative that the national defence policy was reviewed so the country’s defence capacity and capabilities

were in line with the ever-challenging and uncertain global security environment. He said the document, prepared based on the national defence policy, leverages the people’s power by adopting the concept of openness, transparency, inclusive and progressiveness.

He called on all Malaysians to join forces in ensuring a secure, sovereign and prosperous nation, adding that the White Paper reflects the government’s aspirations to inculcate good governance apart from accentuating professionalism and accountability.
He said the White Paper, which would outline strategic directions for the national defence between the year 2021 and 2030, among others aimed to address the trans-boundary non-traditional security threats.

The 90-page document comprises of eight chapters, namely introduction, strategic perspective, defence strategy, armed forces of the future, defence international relations, science, technology and defence industry; and reformation, governance and allocation.